Chelsea Ladies suffer first-leg setback

Chelsea Ladies suffer first-leg setback

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Chelsea Ladies have suffered a major setback in their hopes of progressing after losing 1-2 at home to Wolfsburg in the Champions League.

Claire Rafferty’s third-minute own goal gave the German side the lead after just three minutes in the quarter-finals, but they drew level after Babett Peter then headed into her own net after the break. However,¬†substitute Caroline Graham Hansen’s low finish gave the visitors the win in Staines.

Chelsea, who hadn’t played in four weeks after winning a league and cup double last season, were punished for their cautious start after they failed to clear a Lena Goessling¬†free-kick, and captain Nilla Fischer’s poked shot was deflected in by Rafferty.

Wolfsburg, who won the competition in 2012 and 2013 and have reached the semi-finals in each of the last three seasons, pressed high up the pitch for much of the game but drew level after half time, but gave away the equaliser after Peter sent a looping header into her own net.

However, the visitors weren’t to be beaten, with Hansen firing a low drive past Chelsea keeper Hedvig Lindahl to steal the win.

The Blues now have to score at least twice in the away leg on 18th November.

Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright (Coombs 80), Flaherty, Fahey, Davison, Aluko, Ji, C Rafferty, Kirby, Borges, Chapman (c).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Coombs, Brett, Ayane, Spence, L Rafferty, Farrow.

Wolfsburg: Frohms, Fischer, Peter, Blasse, Popp (Graham Hansen 58), Maritz, Bernauer, Bachmann, Dickenmann (Jakabfi 81), Goessling, Bussaglia (Pajor).

Subs not used: Burmeister, Jakabfi, Wullaert, Bunte, Wedemeyer.

Referee: Katalin Kulscar (HUN)

Attendance: 1,610